MP!er Jennifer shares her thoughts on ‘beginning of a living nightmare’ novel ‘The Cure For Dreaming’ by Cat Winters

YOU REVIEW: MP!er Jennifer shares her thoughts on ‘The Cure For Dreaming’ the well-crafted coming-of-age story by Cat Winters.


Describe the plot of ‘The Cure For Dreaming’ in a tweet – Less than 140 characters please!
Olivia Meads birthday falls on Halloween. She goes to the theatre with her friends and goes on stage to be hypnotised. That night was the beginning of a living nightmare for her.

What genre would you class the book as?
Historical Fiction

What was the best bit?
The best part of the story was when Henry gave Olivia a pair of bicycle bloomers. It was a touching scene where Olivia burst into tears of happiness. The bloomers were a sign that Henry supported women’s suffrage and wanted Olivia to have freedom to ride a bike in safety (no long skirt flapping around the pedals).

Anything you didn’t like?
I didn’t like the fact that men thought that they were better than women and that women were stupid.

Would you recommend ‘The Cure For Dreaming’ to your friends?
Definitely! I already have to a few of my friends.

Do you think it would appeal to girls or boys more? Or both?
I think it would appeal more to girls because of the suffragist movement storyline. It’s also an interesting read for anyone who’s interested in historical fiction regardless of gender.

Anything else you’d like to tell us about ‘The Cure For Dreaming’?
Set in 1900 the story is about a 17 year old girl (Olivia Mead) her fight for women to gain the vote and her fathers actions to stop her becoming unfeminine. Her father pays the hypnotist to rid her mind of all thoughts about her further education and her dream to be a journalist.

A story well told, I couldn’t put this book down! I’m looking forward to reading the next book by Cat Winters.

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